By Ariel C. Emberton, staff writer/photographer, Office of University Communication
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – A New Haven student at Campbellsville University received the Distinguished Delegate for his work on the Social Affairs Committee at the Model Arab League Conference Feb. 20-22 at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio.
Eleven Campbellsville University students participated in the conference designed to learn about the politics facing the Middle East.
Andrew Hughes, a sophomore of New Haven, Ky., won the honor and said, “I really just tried to be outgoing and dive right into the role. Overall, I tried to be a positive force that built bridges among the nations represented at the league.”
Hughes acted as a sponsor or signatory on each of the resolutions presented in his group.
“I am proud of him and I am proud of the hard work that our entire team put into preparing for the conference and then conducting themselves appropriately during the conference,” Dr. Josiah Marineau, assistant professor of political science, said.
Other students in attendance were: Milan Bailey, a freshman of Louisville, Ky.; Jason Beasley, a junior of Richmond, Ky.; Bethany Davis, a freshman of Glasgow, Ky.; Mayte Games Huerta, a junior of Lebanon, Ky.; Logan Johns, a senior of Campbellsville, Ky.; Carson Kovalic, a senior of Winchester, Ky.; Jacob Peters, a junior of Cecilia, Ky.; Rebeca Scurt, a senior of Austria; Malcom Walker, a junior of Cynthiana, Ky.; and Hunter Wilson, a junior of Horse Cave, Ky.
They participated as part of the POL 465 International Organization class offered at Campbellsville University by Marineau.
At the conference, students “simulated the actual Arab League, in which 22 countries from the Middle East and North Africa came together to address common problems and challenges,” Marineau said.
This year Campbellsville University represented Morocco and Djibouti. Marineau said, “Students conducted diplomacy and pass resolutions that reflect their preferred ways to solve the challenges facing the region.
“The conference allowed students to get outside the classroom for a few days and practice some of the skills and theoretical approaches we have introduced in the classroom.”
The conference provided an opportunity to learn about the politics of the Middle East and the trials faced in solving those challenges. Students also got to meet students from other universities, that allowed them to make connections and establish relationships with a broader network of peers.
Marineau said the conference was an opportunity to practice thinking through how to create a policy that tries to solve a problem.
“I learned how intricate decision making is when it comes to making decisions for the good of a region. Compromise is not easy as everyone is looking to better themselves. It was a very fun and interesting experience,” Johns said.
Marineau said he hopes the students who participated remember this event as something special they did during their college careers. “The conference is an opportunity to practice professional skills such as networking and etiquette,” he said.
In attendance were students from universities in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana such as Indiana University at Bloomington, Miami University of Ohio, John Carrol University, Wilmington College, Ashland University and Shawnee State University.
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